Wednesday, 22 February 2017

MPOV: Underworld: Blood wars

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 6/10
Released: January 6, 2017
Director: Anna Foerster
Casts: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner
Category: A 2016 American action horror film

The remaining vampire covens are on the verge of being wiped out by the Lycans. Both species are searching for Selene: the vampires seeking justice for the deaths of Viktor and Marcus, and the Lycans, led by Marius, intending to use her to locate Eve, whose blood holds the key to building an army of vampire-werewolf hybrids.

Semira, a council member of the Eastern Coven, wishes for Selene to be granted clemency so that the latter can train the Eastern Coven's neophyte Death Dealers. To that end, she enlists Thomas to plead Selene's case before the full council. Thomas succeeds and Selene arrives at the Eastern Coven with David. Selene is betrayed by Varga, Semira's ally and lover, who poisons the former and slaughters the Death Dealers at the behest of Semira. Semira begins draining Selene of her blood, which she intends to drink to gain Selene's power, but is interrupted when Thomas and David come to Selene's rescue. In the ensuing fight, Thomas is killed delaying Semira and Varga so that David can escape with an incapacitated Selene.

The pair seeks refuge with the Nordic Coven. They are pursued by Alexia, an Eastern Coven vampire dispatched by Semira. Selene and David arrive at Vador, the stronghold of the Nordic Coven, where Vidar, the Elder, reveals that David was the son of the High Elder Amelia, making him the legitimate heir to the Eastern Coven.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

In the same Underworld tradition, Selene fought hard to save the vampires, supposedly killed by a lycan but she suddenly awoken stronger than ever and killed the enemy. Anyway, I think I'll always remember Kate Beckinsale as Selene and no one else LOL!

Overall, it was entertaining. Just that, entertaining with all the special effects and fightings. Interestingly, it seems Selene can never die so there's a next Underworld coming but nothing has been confirmed yet.

In the end, this movie somehow reminded me of Twilight :-p

Monday, 20 February 2017

MPOV: Old Siam Kopitiam

My rating: 2/5
Type: non-halal
Location: LG325 One Utama Shopping Centre

We were tired after catching Pokemon's throughout One Utama so looking for something refreshing and to rest our feet LOL! However, though this place looked cool with nice vintage decors, the appetizer was not as appetizing as we thought.
Yum-mamuang kheb moo RM9.90
Thai iced tea RM6.90
Thai cincau drink RM4.90
Total inclusive of 5% service charge and 6% GST RM24.15

It definitely costs a bit more than usual and the mango kerabu was just too simple. Nothing outstanding and not as tasty either. Thank goodness our drinks were ok lah. I've had better and cheaper ones so this was not up on par. The only plus points were the unique decors and cosy ambience.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

No plastic bags in Selangor

Note: this is my rant on the current 'no plastic bags' policy in Selangor. It may be lame to some but this is just my opinion.

I have always applauded and supported green environmental friendly moves. So when the Selangor government moved to have this 'no plastic bags' policy in the state, I'm all for it. However, I did wonder though about the extra charge of 20 sen for a plastic bag if need be. With this 'no plastic bags' move, it is to encourage the consumers to bring our own green bag and not to rely on retailers to provide the plastic bags which are mostly non-biodegradable. It's a good move but I am really curious of the extra charge though.

All this while, without the 'no plastic bags' policy, we have been given plastic or paper bags without paying extra. So when this policy took effect, I noticed that MOST of the retailers took this opportunity to charge their customers! I know it sounds negative at my end but then this is my thought...

For example, I have recently bought some clothes from Uniqlo and was asked to pay 20 sen for a bag. Before that, we were not charged that 20 sen. Mind you, I had bought a few hundred ringgit worth of clothes and I would have expected a bag for FREE. I mean 20 sen is no biggie for a BIG retailer like Uniqlo to absorb into their cost! They could adjust it in their POS/ accounting system especially for customers who had bought more than, lets say, RM100 or RM150. That would be a fair deal. I wouldn't have minded paying that 20 sen if it was a small grocery shop or market but I minded paying Uniqlo for it. Thankfully I had my loyal strawberry green bag with me.

I didn't mean to pick on Uniqlo but that was the first incident I had after the policy kicked in. I totally felt annoyed that such a big retailer actually took the opportunity to charge their customers 20 sen when before that it was part of their costing which was absorbed. So we are paying extra now plus given the bad economy, 20 sen is a lot once we accumulate it. Unless they reduced their RRP lah then I wouldn't have minded paying that extra 20 sen.

The same goes for Popular, already zero tax for reading materials and they still want to charge 20 sen for a plastic bag. Even pharmacies like Watsons and Guardian so I pity those who forgot and had to pay especially when they had purchased a lot! Most of the big retailers are taking this opportunity to earn extra profit from this policy. I just don't get it, why the extra burden on us when they could have absorbed it? Even those who provides paper bags are doing this which is usually biodegradable.

I totally applaud those who didn't follow suit like Sasa, Cotton On, Coach, Young Hearts and Obermain. Whether or not they had biodegradable plastic or paper bags, they did not imposed the extra charges on their customers but absorbed it regardless of amount. This is a huge gap, in my opinion, especially for retailers to take this opportunity to profit more. I may be wrong, the mechanics of this policy could be different from what I thought but this is how I feel about it.

Thankfully my CNY shopping is over and I'll not shop for another year or so. In line with my frugal resolution, I'm making it a point to avoid shopping at those retailers who charge for plastic bags... especially the BIG retailers... except for the SMEs and small businesses.

Friday, 17 February 2017

MPOV: John Wick

My rating: 2/5
IMDb rating: 7.2/10
Released: 24/10/14 in USA
Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch
Casts: Keanu Reeves, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick
Category: a 2014 American neo-noir action thriller film

After John Wick (Keanu Reeves) loses his wife Helen to an unspecified illness, he receives a puppy named Daisy, per Helen's instructions, to help him cope with her death. He connects with the puppy and they spend their day driving around in his vintage 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. At a gas station, he encounters a trio of Russian gang members whose leader, Iosef (Alfie Allen), insists on buying his car, but John refuses to sell it. The mobsters follow John to his home that night, knock him unconscious, steal his car, and kill Daisy.

Iosef takes the Mustang to a chop shop run by Aurelio (John Leguizamo) to have the VIN changed. Aurelio recognizes the car and, upon learning that Iosef stole it from John, punches him before throwing him out of his shop. John visits Aurelio, who tells him Iosef is the son of Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), the head of the Russian crime syndicate in New York City. Viggo, informed by Aurelio of Iosef's actions, beats and berates Iosef, explaining to him that John Wick was his best assassin, nicknamed "the Boogeyman." When John wanted to retire for Helen, Viggo gave him an "impossible task:" killing all of his competitors in a single night. John succeeded, establishing the Tarasov syndicate.

Viggo tries to talk John out of seeking retribution, but John silently refuses. Viggo sends a twelve-man hit squad to John's house, but John kills them all and has the bodies professionally removed. An unsurprised Viggo places a $2 million bounty on John and personally offers the contract to Marcus (Willem Dafoe), John's mentor. John seeks refuge at the Continental Hotel, which caters exclusively to the criminal underworld and permits no business on its premises. Viggo doubles the bounty for those willing to break the rules to kill John at the Continental.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Apparently, there will be a few sequels for this movie and this is known as Chapter 1. So I recently watched this as Chapter 2 has been released on 10/2/17 and thinking that it will be worth a shot since Keanu Reeves is the lead actor. Unbeknownst to me, it actually has a very thin plot with revenge for stealing his car and avenging the death of his dog, is John Wick's key motivator.

Surprisingly, the movie has high ratings all due to the action packed plots with ONE hero killing all the bad guys theme. I guess it's a guy thing as apparently most guys agreed it's a cool film. So definitely not my cup of tea but I did feel for John when Daisy was brutally killed. That was the only part which I could relate to the movie most. Other than that it was just another fight-filled movie for me aside from Keanu Reeves' suaveness LOL!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

MPOV: Lim Ko Pi

Type: Non-halal
Location: G-23 & G29 Da:Men Mall USJ 1
My rating: 3/5

I've always been captivated by this shop's name = Lim Ko Pi = which literally translated from Hokkien means 'drink coffee' LOL! Well, it does have an authentic Oriental facade with many vintage Chinese decors and even the menu has that Chinese feel to it. Not forgetting our utensils LOL! We were served with vintage cutlery and plates!


My lunch set: Stew pork curry rice with Chinese tea RM9.90
There were 5 of us so below were our orders:
Half boiled eggs RM3.50
Triple meat noodle RM10.50
Braised drunken chicken noodle RM18
Lunch set: Buttermilk chicken rice RM12.90 x 2 = RM25.80
Iced coffee 98 RM5.50
Iced tea RM5
Total inclusive of GST and 10% service charge RM80.70

Overall, the lunch sets were affordable and it comes with Chinese tea. We can top up RM2.50 for coffee or tea. Ala carte seemed a little pricey like the drunken chicken and drinks. Taste wise, the rest of my compatriots were ok with theirs. However, my stew pork curry was nothing like stew pork. Though the curry was nice, the pork was hard! If the meat has been stewed long enough, it would have been tender, chewy and tastier. This one left an un-impressionable taste for me. I guess it's not my cup of tea.

Other than that, the service was efficient and prompt. I liked that the staffs were local and they speak fluent English aside from Mandarin. With the cool ambience, we did enjoy chatting and loafing there.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day ya all!
I liked this cute quote!
If you want to know more about Valentine's Day, you can click on the link below:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

Monday, 13 February 2017

MPOV: Special Delivery



At 59, Jack Watson owns one of the most successful boutiques in Beverly Hills, has two adult children who are the light of his life, and his choice of Hollywood's most beautiful women. After a failed marriage in the distant past, and a brief, tragic affair years afterward, Jack has become the perfect bachelor. And he loves it.

Amanda Robbins knew Jack Watson only as her daughter's father-in-law, an incurable playboy whom she dislikes intensely. Theirs had been a relationship based solely upon the marriage of her daughter to his son. And Amanda wants no other relationship with him. But when she becomes a widow unexpectedly, twenty-six years after she retired from Hollywood stardom to become a wife and mother, Amanda finds herself on unfamiliar ground, and is surprised to find herself both befriended by, and attracted to, Jack Watson.  Worse yet, she likes him. There is a lot more to him than she previously suspected.

Amanda's shock at her attraction to Jack is equaled only by her children's. Then suddenly, a startling announcement stuns both families, as Jack and Amanda are faced with an unexpected gift that neither thought possible, and with a choice that provides them both considerable challenge. But at a time in their lives when they least expect to feel that way, they not only feel young again, but are blissfully happy, in spite of the confusion, opposition, and obstacles all around them. Special Delivery is about what two people do when life gives them everything they wanted, twenty years after they expected to find it. In her 40th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel makes us laugh and cry as she touches the heart with tenderness and accuracy.

The above taken from Goodreads.
 

My rating: 2/5
Goodreads rating: 3.73

Author: Danielle Steel
Published by Dell Publishing
Genre: romance, fiction

I've always enjoyed Danielle Steel's romance novels hence there's no qualms of reading this book. However, I begged to differ as this book was a total opposite. I felt like I was reading a text book. The whole book was monotonous, the plots were lame and her prose was so child like. It was predictable too from Jack finally dating Amanda to getting pregnant to trying to gift it to their children. Nothing stands out here and it lulled me off. In the end, I've sped read it...

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